Documentary : Know Armenia

ArmeniaArmenia officially the Republic of Armenia, is a mountainous country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located in Western Asia, it is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, the de facto independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave ofNakhchivan to the south.

Armenia is a unitary, multi-party, democratic nation-state with an ancient cultural heritage. The Satrapy of Armenia was established in the 6th century BC, after the fall of Urartu. In the first century BC the Kingdom of Armenia reached its height under Tigranes the Great. Armenia became the first state in the world to adopt Christianity as its official religion, in between late 3rd to early years of the 4th century (the official date is 301 AD), becoming the first Christian nation.” An Armenian principality and later a kingdom, known as Cilician Armenia, existed on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea between the 11th and 14th centuries.

Between the 16th and early 19th century, the traditional Armenian homeland composed of Eastern Armenia and Western Armenia came under rule of the rivaling Ottoman and Persian Empires, passing between the two over the centuries. By the mid 19th century, Eastern Armenia had been conquered by Russia, while most of the western parts of the traditional Armenian homeland still remained under Ottoman rule. During World War I, the Armenians living in their ancestral lands in the Ottoman Empire were systematically exterminated in the Armenian Genocide. After almost 600 years of statelessness, Armenia achieved Independence in 1918; however, the First Republic of Armenia, surrounded by hostile countries, was Sovietized in 1920. Between 1922 and 1991, Armenia was part of the Soviet Union. The modern Republic of Armenia became independent in 1991.

The Republic of Armenia recognizes the Armenian Apostolic Church, the world’s oldest national church, as the country’s primary religious establishment. Armenians have their own unique alphabet, which was invented by Mesrop Mashtots in 405 AD.

Armenia is a member of the Eurasian Economic Union, the Council of Europe and the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Armenia supports the de facto independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, which was proclaimed in 1991.

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Know : FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Facts

Totally 204 Countries across the world aimed for a spot to play the FIFA World Cup 2014, played 820 matches and scored 2350 Goals! Finally 32 countries made it to the Group Stages! No Wonder why Football has more fans around the globe.

 Group A
Brazil
Croatia
Mexico
Cameroon
 Group B
Spain
Netherlands
Chile
Australia
 Group C
Colombia
Greece
Côte d’Ivoire
Japan
 Group D
Uruguay
Costa Rica
England
Italy
 Group E
Switzerland
Ecuador
France
Honduras
 Group F
Argentina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iran
Nigeria
 Group G
Germany
Portugal
Ghana
USA
 Group H
Belgium
Algeria
Russia
Korea Republic

Qualifiers

Continent wise Qualified / Unqualified Teams

(Click on the link of the countries for more details)

AFRICA

QUALIFIED TEAMS (5)

  1. AlgeriaAlgeria
  2. CameroonCameroon
  3. Côte d'IvoireCôte d’Ivoire
  4. GhanaGhana
  5. NigeriaNigeria

NOT QUALIFIED TEAMS (47)

  1. AngolaAngola
  2. BeninBenin
  3. BotswanaBotswana
  4. Burkina FasoBurkina Faso
  5. BurundiBurundi
  6. Cape Verde IslandsCape Verde Islands
  7. Central African RepublicCentral African Republic
  8. ChadChad
  9. ComorosComoros
  10. CongoCongo
  11. Congo DRCongo DR
  12. DjiboutiDjibouti
  13. EgyptEgypt
  14. Equatorial GuineaEquatorial Guinea
  15. EritreaEritrea
  16. EthiopiaEthiopia
  17. GabonGabon
  18. GambiaGambia
  19. GuineaGuinea
  20. Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau
  21. KenyaKenya
  22. LesothoLesotho
  23. LiberiaLiberia
  24. LibyaLibya
  25. MadagascarMadagascar
  26. MalawiMalawi
  27. MaliMali
  28. MauritiusMauritius
  29. MoroccoMorocco
  30. MozambiqueMozambique
  31. NamibiaNamibia
  32. NigerNiger
  33. RwandaRwanda
  34. Sao Tome e Principe Sao Tome e Principe
  35. SenegalSenegal
  36. SeychellesSeychelles
  37. Sierra LeoneSierra Leone
  38. SomaliaSomalia
  39. South AfricaSouth Africa
  40. SudanSudan
  41. SwazilandSwaziland
  42. TanzaniaTanzania
  43. TogoTogo
  44. TunisiaTunisia
  45. UgandaUganda
  46. ZambiaZambia
  47. ZimbabweZimbabwe


ASIA

QUALIFIED TEAMS (4)

  1. AustraliaAustralia
  2. IranIran
  3. JapanJapan
  4. Korea RepublicKorea Republic

NOT QUALIFIED TEAMS (39)

  1. AfghanistanAfghanistan
  2. BahrainBahrain
  3. BangladeshBangladesh
  4. CambodiaCambodia
  5. China PRChina PR
  6. Chinese TaipeiChinese Taipei
  7. Hong KongHong Kong
  8. IndiaIndia
  9. IndonesiaIndonesia
  10. IraqIraq
  11. JordanJordan
  12. Korea DPRKorea DPR
  13. KuwaitKuwait
  14. KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan
  15. LaosLaos
  16. LebanonLebanon
  17. MacauMacau
  18. MalaysiaMalaysia
  19. MaldivesMaldives
  20. MongoliaMongolia
  21. MyanmarMyanmar
  22. NepalNepal
  23. OmanOman
  24. PakistanPakistan
  25. PalestinePalestine
  26. PhilippinesPhilippines
  27. QatarQatar
  28. Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia
  29. SingaporeSingapore
  30. Sri LankaSri Lanka
  31. SyriaSyria
  32. TajikistanTajikistan
  33. ThailandThailand
  34. Timor-LesteTimor-Leste
  35. TurkmenistanTurkmenistan
  36. United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
  37. UzbekistanUzbekistan
  38. VietnamVietnam
  39. YemenYemen

Selfishness is Good : The Hidden Secret !

Team_India_World_Cup_2011_Celebrations_2When our country wins a world cup match, be it Cricket or Soccer or any game, we all cherish when our respective nations win. We call ourselves patriots. 🙂 Well, we are! Of course. When our state wins a league or our IPL team wins, we cherish their victory too! Then we call ourselves as Fans! We are dedicated to where we belong, nothing wrong! 🙂 But face this also, we are selfish as well. We are selfish about our Nation! Think about the country which had lost! Those people are selfish about their country! 🙂

This is what we call as a collective-selfishness, a growth pattern of all civilized social groups of humans. More the civilization grows, the diameter of the collective circle will increase.  So all the patriots are selfish, but collectively selfish about their motherland! The timeline of our evolution will explain this in detail. 

We hunted as individuals, then a couple, then a family, then a group, then a village, rural town, city, province, country, continent… You can feel the degree of selfishness associated with each of these progressions. Animals mostly reached up to the stage of a group! That is the point we stood out from the animals. But we had complicated our grouping process with religions, castes, races etc. Thanks to those dead humans who had made those mistakes, because we are destined to learn from our mistakes.

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So, what does this collective-selfishness symbolize? Well the feeling of Us – Ours is always on the rise. That’s the trend. It can never grow backwards! Long ago we occupied lands as nomads, then we created borders, fought numerous war to show the power to own, where still dogs and lions had peed to mark their territories, they do it still. But we are more civilized now, far wise with human rights and kindness holding key aspects of our lives. We no longer entertain any war explicitly over others’ lands.

Our selfishness is the key which brought us together and will guide us into the future. The key aspect is, not many of us realized this power of this collective-selfishness. So many of us are looking forward to go in the reverse direction to think just selfishly rather trying to expand our collective circle.

There will come a future where, no borders or no countries will exist. We may go as continents and then as one world-one humans. Our mother earth will force us to do it in the future! Her resources are planned in that way, our different culture point that direction, whether you see it spiritual or scientific, this will happen. The Unification. But that is at a long distance from now, we have a plenty of disputes and differences to settle. 🙂 So we will do all the stupid things to realize that we should not have done them and fought one another!

Then, We all will become more selfish for our Humans, our Animals and Our Earth! So if you are selfish about yourself, just expand it to your family, if you are selfish about your family, then expand it to your village, follow the sequence by expanding your selfish circle.

Circle of selfishness

I am already feeling collectively-selfish as my Earth, my Animals and my Humans. Wherever you are reading this now. I have tons of love and compassion for you, my fellow human. But, I am bound by what the majority of the world now believes as rules, regulations, borders, etc.  🙂 So I am bound by those rules, just as you. Else I would love to play cricket with you, you could teach me to swim and we can explore together how beautiful the Kashmir valley is! So wait for the future, my friend 🙂

Collective Selfishness

When someone talks about selfishness, remember and answer “Yes, I am Selfish, but collectively-selfish” Tell them this secret 😛

– Din

Documentary : Know Vietnam

733px-Location_Vietnam_ASEAN.svgVietnam officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. With an estimated 90.3 million inhabitants as of 2012, it is the world’s 13th-most-populous country, and the eighth-most-populous Asian countryThe name Vietnam translates as “Southern Viet” (synonymous with the much more ancient term Nam Viet), and was first officially adopted in 1802 by Emperor Gia Long and again in 1945 with the founding of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam under Ho Chi Minh. The country is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea to the east. Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976.

The Vietnamese became independent from Imperial China in AD 938, following the resounding Vietnamese victory in the Battle of Bạch Đằng River. Successive Vietnamese royal dynasties flourished as the nation expanded geographically and politically into Southeast Asia, until the Indochina Peninsula was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century. Following a Japanese occupation in the 1940s, the Vietnamese fought French rule in the First Indochina War, eventually expelling the French in 1954. Thereafter, Vietnam was divided politically into two rival states, North and South Vietnam. Conflict between the two sides intensified, in what is known as the Vietnam War, with the North and the Vietcong fighting South Vietnam heavily backed by the US. The war ended with a North Vietnamese victory in 1975.

Vietnam was then unified under a Communist government but remained impoverished and politically isolated. In 1986, the government initiated a series of economic and political reforms which began Vietnam’s path towards integration into the world economy.By 2000, it had established diplomatic relations with most nations. Since 2000, Vietnam’s economic growth rate has been among the highest in the world and in 2011 it had the highest Global Growth Generators Index among 11 major economies. Its successful economic reforms resulted in its joining the World Trade Organization in 2007. However, the country still experiences high levels of income inequality, disparities in access to healthcare, and a lack of gender equality

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Courtesy : Discovery, Wikipedia, YouTube and myvietnamuk

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Know : No. of Nuclear Reactors in the World (Country wise)

Currently, 73 reactors are under construction in 15 countries. Some new countries will be starting their first nuclear power plants including: Belarus, Vietnam, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Ghana, Morocco and Saudi Arabia.

Nuclear power stations operate in 31 countries. In 2010, before the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, it was reported that an average of about 10 nuclear reactors were expected to become operational per year, although according to the World Nuclear Association, of the 17 civilian reactors planned to become operational between 2007 and 2009, only five actually came on stream. As of June 2011, Germany and Switzerland are phasing-out nuclear power Which will be replaced mostly by fossil fuels, and a smaller part renewable energy.

As of June 2011, countries such as Australia, Austria, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg,  Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Norway and Portugal remain opposed to nuclear power.

Of the thirty countries in which nuclear power plants operate, only France, Belgium and Slovakia use them as the primary source of electricity, although many other countries have a significant nuclear power generation capacity. According to the World Nuclear Association, a nuclear power advocacy group, over 45 countries are giving “serious consideration” to introducing a nuclear power capability, with Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Vietnam, Belarus, and Jordan at the forefront. China, South Korea and India are pursuing ambitious expansions of their nuclear power capacities.

Rank Country Capacity (MW)
(2012)
Nuclear share of
electricity production
1 United States United States 102,136 19.0%
2 France France 63,130 74.8%
3 Japan Japan 44,215 18.1%
4 Russia Russia 23,643 17.8%
5 South Korea South Korea 20,739 30.4%
6 Canada Canada 14,135 15.3%
7 Ukraine Ukraine 13,107 46.2%
8 China China 12,860 2.0%
9 Germany Germany 12,068 16.1%
10 United Kingdom United Kingdom 9,938 18.1%
11 Sweden Sweden 9,395 38.1%
12 Spain Spain 7,560 20.5%
13 Belgium Belgium 5,927 51.0%
14 Taiwan Taiwan 5,028 18.4%
15 India India 4,780 3.6%
16 Czech Republic Czech Republic 3,804 35.3%
17 Switzerland Switzerland 3,278 35.3%
18 Finland Finland 2,752 32.6%
19 Bulgaria Bulgaria 1,906 31.6%
20 Hungary Hungary 1,889 45.9%
21 Brazil Brazil 1,884 3.1%
22 South Africa South Africa 1,860 5.1%
23 Slovakia Slovakia 1,816 53.8%
24 Mexico Mexico 1,530 4.7%
24 Romania Romania 1,300 19.4%
26 Argentina Argentina 935 4.7%
27 Iran Iran 915 0.6%
28 Pakistan Pakistan 725 5.3%
29 Slovenia Slovenia 688 36.0%
30 Netherlands Netherlands 482 4.4%
31 Armenia Armenia 375 26.6%
  World 374,411

Courtesy : WIki

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Country Operating Under
construction
References and notes
United States United States 104 5  
France France 58 1 First French EPR under construction at Flamanville
Russia Russia 33 10  
South Korea South Korea 23 4  
India India 20 7  
Canada Canada 19 0 2 new reactors at Darlington planned
China China 17 32 80 GWe by 2020(~6%)
United Kingdom United Kingdom 16 0  
Ukraine Ukraine 15 2 2 new reactors by 2018
Sweden Sweden 10 0  
Germany Germany 9 0 Phase-out in place.
Belgium Belgium 7 0  
Spain Spain 7 0 Stable
Taiwan Taiwan 6 2  
Czech Republic Czech Republic 6 0  
Switzerland Switzerland 5 0 Phase-out in place.
Slovakia Slovakia 4 2  
Finland Finland 4 1 As of 2012, TVO is planning new reactor to be build and operational by 2020.
Hungary Hungary 4 0  
Pakistan Pakistan 3 2  
Argentina Argentina 2 1  
Brazil Brazil 2 1  
Bulgaria Bulgaria 2 0
Four reactors were shut down in 2004 and 2007. Belene Nuclear Power Plant construction was officially terminated in March 2012.
Japan Japan 2 (50)* 0 (2)* After Fukushima, Japan shut down all of its 54 nuclear reactors, but has since restarted two reactors. Further restarts are planned, with the reactors with the best seismic ratings to be restarted first.
Mexico Mexico 2 0  
Romania Romania 2 0  
South Africa South Africa 2 0
Armenia Armenia 1 0 Replacement
 Iran 1 0 The first reactor of Bushehr Plant has power generation capacity of 915 MW
Netherlands Netherlands 1 0  
Slovenia Slovenia 1 0  
Belarus Belarus 0 1  
World 436 73

Note: Only the commercial reactors registered with the International Atomic Energy Agency are listed

Courtesy and Source : Wikipedia